Fourteen of the UK’s most creative and original information security businesses have been shortlisted in the UK’s Most Innovative Cyber SME 2022 contest, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in partnership with Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s most influential information security event, and technology trade association techUK.
This is the seventh year that the organisations have teamed up for the prestigious contest, which was open to micro, small and medium cybersecurity businesses registered in the UK. The overall winner will be announced live on the Innovation Showcase stage at Infosecurity Europe 2022 (21-23 June at ExCeL London) on Tuesday 22 June at 16:45.
The diverse list of finalists covers every aspect of the current information security and cyber threat landscape. They are, in alphabetical order:
- Cyber threat intelligence and aggregation platform Blackwired.
- Vendor risk management experts C2 Cyber.
- Conatix, which applies recent advances in AI and other fields of technology to insider fraud.
- CyberHive, provider of cybersecurity solutions that help organisations move into the cloud.
- Ioetec, a specialist in securing data for IoT devices.
- iQuila, creator of a military-grade encryption and security communications protocol that protects the device as well as the connection.
- NquiringMinds, which specialises in data sharing and data analytics from edge to cloud.
- Praeferre Ltd, which enables people to control and monetise their data.
- Zero Trust expert RKVST.
- Technical cybersecurity consultancy and product company Red Maple Technologies.
- Risk Ledger, a platform that helps clients keep on top of their supply chain security.
- SafeShark, which helps manufacturers navigate cybersecurity standards for IoT.
- TryHackMe, which provides hands-on security training through real-world scenarios.
- Secure communications expert Worldr.
The winner will receive top billing in the DCMS Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe 2022, two showcase speaking slots, and a feature article in Infosecurity Magazine. The runners-up will also receive an exhibition package, including an event stand, two showcase speaking slots, and marketing. All the successful companies will have the chance to demonstrate their products and solutions in the Innovation Showcase. The contest is judged by a panel of cybersecurity experts.
Ben Spring, Co-Founder and CEO of TryHackMe, says: “TryHackMe is a bootstrapped startup that has experienced rapid organic growth. We believe this award showcases how beneficial our training content is to over a million users. Winning this competition would be a huge honour to the entire team at TryHackMe, the countless hours invested into building our platform, and a testament to the community and incredible opportunities our users obtain.”
Max Buchan, CEO and Founder of Worldr, says: “Being amongst such an impressive list of cyber companies gives us the opportunity to learn and grow while demonstrating the extensive capabilities of our innovative technology. As a finalist, it helps us to build credibility and trust within the market while exhibiting alongside the top cybersecurity brands in the world.”
Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director at Infosecurity Group, comments: “Once again, the contest has attracted entries from an exciting array of companies that bring something truly unique to the UK’s information security market. Together, they cover the entire spectrum of security threats, challenges and opportunities facing organisations in 2022 – from threat intelligence to third party risk. At Infosecurity Europe, our vision is for a future that is dependable, and in which we all play a role in keeping our society secure. With businesses like our 14 finalists leading the way, this vision feels absolutely achievable.”
The business crowned the UK’s Most Innovative Cyber SME will join an impressive list of past winners including CAPSLOCK (2021), Hack the Box (2019), KETS Quantum Security (2018), Check Recipient (now trading as Tessian) (2017), Device Authority (2016) and Geolang (2015).
The DCMS Cyber Innovation Zone and Innovation Showcase at Infosecurity Europe 2022 will be the place to be to discover, scope out and evaluate the newest cybersecurity technologies and solutions, and get to grips with how they can be deployed. Businesses will showcase and demonstrate the exciting new products and services they have to offer through 15-minute presentations.
The full conference programme for Infosecurity Europe 2022 is available here.